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<p><strong>This thread is for those with low income and/or those who are struggling.</strong></p>
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<p>Oh, please everyone, use your powers to make the 13th come FAST! Fin aid comes in and we're getting some freezer meat!</p>
 

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<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>2010 is gone. May 2011 bring abundance and blessings for you all!   </strong></p>
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<p style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="color:#800080;"><strong><span style="color:#800080;"><span style="font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.</span><br><b><span style="font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Helen Keller<span style="display:none;"> </span></span></b></span></strong></span></strong></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gabbyraja</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288650/january-2011-low-income-support-thread#post_16153189"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Oh, please everyone, use your powers to make the 13th come FAST! Fin aid comes in and we're getting some freezer meat!</p>
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<p>Fingers crossed for you. Site keeps posting quotes and not the responses! Argh.</p>
 

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<p>For some bizzare reason I cannot post links either today.</p>
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<p>So my fingers crossed statement from last month ended up in my thread on here "How many of you live in seperate places than your SO/spouse due to a job and have double bills?<span style="display:none;"> </span>".   <span><img alt="dizzy.gif" height="25" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/dizzy.gif" width="25"></span></p>
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<p>Yeah for work. Boo for double expenses and being stuck alone without a car VERY far away from friends and family. I am no bus wimp, but have health issues and three kids with health issues and it makes for a "trying" time of it. Fingers crossed a new (used) care is in my somewhere near future!!!!!</p>
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<p>Ironically I appear to live in the same place now as at least two of the other moms on here and we are homeschoolers too. Small world.  <span><img alt="lol.gif" height="31" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif" width="15"></span></p>
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<p>Happy New Year everyone!  I have some great news...we have a house and will move soon.  I'm planning to care for two babies to help increase my income (and I love babies and toddlers)!</p>
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<p>I think this year is looking better all ready.  I'll have a warm bedroom!  I'm so happy.  Anyway, wanted to share the news.  Where do you go to get good washer and dryer's, beds and tables?  I've been watching Craigslist for a while, both Free and For Sale, and haven't found anything yet.  Hoping January brings these things I need. </p>
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<p>Woohooooo Jyotsna!!!!!  Try calling around to all the stores and see if they have any closeouts or scratch-n-dents. Big Lots has some decent prices for new items. Do you have any friends/family/groups you can get the word out too that you are looking? We have found that you can live on air mattresses quite comfy like for very long periods of time. LOL</p>
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<p>Ok I just started this thread too: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1288656/how-do-you-stay-fit-lose-weight-keep-healthy-on-the-cheap-or-for-free">http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1288656/how-do-you-stay-fit-lose-weight-keep-healthy-on-the-cheap-or-for-free</a>      (woohoo it worked this time!)</p>
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<p>I am in deep need of better physical health and am ready to fight through the pain for it now!</p>
 

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<p>Ooh and if you have the chairs you could make do with a folding table for some time. We have done that too.  ;)</p>
 

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<p>I'm here! I'm a low income mama and I'm not sure what my total income is right now since it's changing soon b/c I should start to get the baby bonus things soon. I'll come back tomorrow and say a little more about myself, my son is starting to stir and kick me in the ribs LOL so I have to nurse him again soon I guess.</p>
 

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<p><a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1287324/homeschooling-and-being-a-sahm-when-low-income">http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1287324/homeschooling-and-being-a-sahm-when-low-income</a>  </p>
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<p>A good thread for the homeschooling mamas here.  :)</p>
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<p>Grrr...when they say food stamps will be deposited on X day of the month, I wish they'd also mention that it'll be DELAYED if X day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday...was looking forward to grocery shopping today and now have to wait until tomorrow.</p>
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<p>DH managed to pinch a nerve this morning so he's pretty miserable. DD's off enjoying her friends' last day of freedom before they're back in school tomorrow. We were going to get DD's new computer set up today (well, new to her, it's my old one), but since DH isn't entirely mobile, I think it's going to wait.</p>
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<p>Tomorrow we get to go stand in line at the DES office to turn in DW#2's stuff--except for her birth cert, which we don't have, we'll have to ask if there's anything we can do to work around that. Ugh. She didn't get the job we thought she'd landed, but she is getting unemployment.</p>
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<p>Off to work on my resume. Law school application is due by the end of the month.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ravin</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288650/january-2011-low-income-support-thread#post_16153910"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Grrr...when they say food stamps will be deposited on X day of the month, I wish they'd also mention that it'll be DELAYED if X day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday...was looking forward to grocery shopping today and now have to wait until tomorrow.</p>
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<p>Hmmm, we've never had to wait (in MI). However, this month they changed things to make it easier on grocers to keep fresh foods in stock. Every now has a new day their FS become available. It'll change every month until you get to your final day. Mine was the 8th. This month it's the 7th, then one day later until I finally rest at the 11th. Maybe your state did this, too? Something to look into if you still don't have your funds tomorrow...<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Thystle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288650/january-2011-low-income-support-thread#post_16153403"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p> </p>
<p><a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1287324/homeschooling-and-being-a-sahm-when-low-income">http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1287324/homeschooling-and-being-a-sahm-when-low-income</a>  </p>
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<p>A good thread for the homeschooling mamas here.  :)</p>
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<br><br><p>thanks for the awesome thread link! <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jyotsna</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288650/january-2011-low-income-support-thread#post_16153274"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Happy New Year everyone!  I have some great news...we have a house and will move soon.  I'm planning to care for two babies to help increase my income (and I love babies and toddlers)!</p>
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<p>I think this year is looking better all ready.  I'll have a warm bedroom!  I'm so happy.  Anyway, wanted to share the news.  Where do you go to get good washer and dryer's, beds and tables?  I've been watching Craigslist for a while, both Free and For Sale, and haven't found anything yet.  Hoping January brings these things I need. </p>
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That's great!! Horray! Have you looked at your local Freecycle list? Freecycle is usually a yahoo group for every area and people list stuff they want to give away and you can also make a ISO post. GL!</p>
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<p>Well it is only 3 days into the new year and I am already feeling desperate. I was making a budget yesterday and Excel was confusing me and finally I just shut it down and thought, "What is the point??" What difference does it make if I keep records of everything when the expenses are twice the income??? Thank HEAVENS, DH's rich grampa gave all his grandkids $5000 for Christmas or we wouldn't be paying the mortgage this month. But it just feels bittersweet because what happens when that money is gone? At least there is tax return but again, it only lasts so long. Also, I was really excited about that possible PT job opportunity but the last time I heard from her was 12/21. I am holding out hope that maybe she had off all last week and will call today but as time ticks by, I am realizing she probably just isn't interested in hiring me afterall. Lastly, it has been almost a year since we applied for a loan mod through the Making Home Affordable program (which I know is the average wait time!!) and I STILL haven't heard anything!! Every time I call it is "another 30 days." Last I heard was that we were "under review with the investor" which is supposedly the final stage and takes 30-45 days but that was in September! So they put through an "escalation" to see what is going on but I had one of those done before and nobody actually every followed through (I called and they said nobody actually came back with more info). We NEED that loan mod!!!!!</p>
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<p>Some other, non-money related, things have me bummed today, too. Like I really want to exercise and lose some baby weight but it's so hard to find time but I AM going to start the <em>Couch to 5k</em> running plan today when DH gets home from work- freezing temps or not! Also it seems I never have time to meal plan properly and that we are always scrounging up meals. I don't know what to feed my kids because they are so picky. My house is a MESS. The kids are running me ragged today and everyone is finally napping now. So I guess I could end this pity party and go work on some of those things I say I never have time for, huh! Sorry to be a downer, I just really needed to vent.</p>
 

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<p>i just found out today that my FS will be reduced from 286 to 198. i was already about $100 over that to begin with. i don't have the money to make up the difference. i've picked up two more large paper routes, which will be adding over $300 per month, and that's already budgeted. i suppose that some categories will have to go back to $0 again until i can see just what i can do with our groceries. we have too many food allergies/sensitivities to be able to eat a standard grain-based diet. on the positive side, i did find simple rice milk and applesauce recipes today that i'm going to try so that i don't have to buy those pre-made.</p>
 

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<p>Turns out they put a hold on my food stamps until we brought in DW#2's documentation--most particularly her birth cert. They didn't mention this in the letter that said they needed the info by Jan.6th. We went in today, and since we don't have her cert yet (she has to order it from MI because we can't find it anywhere), I had to sign an affidavit affirming that she's a citizen. This should get our food stamps renistated within a few days, but my medicaid is on hold until they have the birth certificate. I guess it's a good thing I'm seeing an NMD midwife who doesn't order a bevy of tests at every appt!</p>
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<p>Why MY medicaid benefits are dependent on HER citizenship status is beyond me. It kind of makes sense for the food stamps as long as we're in the same household, that's a shared benefit. But...grumble grr rant anti-immigration republican whine grr....</p>
 

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<p>I'm a single mama of a sweet little 3 month old boy. I'm totally on my own since the father is nowhere to be seen, this is a good thing though. I had a fair amount of debt I got myself into before I was pregnant and am slowly getting myself out of it. I made a little spreadsheet on my Mac with it, but I don't really keep up with it and I should. It's a little over $2000 now and I have a few bills that are overdue and a lot.</p>
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<p>My goals are to pay each CC debt the min. payment PLUS the interest each month and a little "extra" on the one I owe more on, it's also the one with a higher interest rate and they won't lower it. I'm also not going to order dinner in just b/c I'm hungry and got to lazy to cook. I'm looking for a part time/occasional nanny job as well so I can take my son with me and make a little cash as well. I looked before and had some e-mails back and forth with 2 families but nothing came about with either one. So I'll try again.</p>
 

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<p><strong>Welcome and BIG GIANT {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}} everyone!</strong></p>
 
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